Berke Ozer reportedly turned down Premier League giants Liverpool and City last summer but he could still end up under Klopp or Guardiola.
Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester City are set to go head-to-head again. This time, for Fenerbahce’s teenage goalkeeper Berke Ozer, according to Goal.
Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are used to going to battle. They were sparring partners in the Bundesliga during their Dortmund and Bayern Munich days while only one point separated two of the greatest managers of this generation in England’s top flight last season.
Much of the recent success at Anfield and the Etihad is down to both club’s excellent recruitment with The Reds and City snapping up some of the most exciting young talents in world football in recent years, from Leroy Sane to Andy Robertson, Kevin de Bruyne to Mo Salah.
And the rising interest in Ozer speaks volumes about the 19-year-old’s potential – even if he’s played just once for Fenerbahce so far.
Interestingly, Goal claims that Ozer turned down both Liverpool and City when he joined Fenerbahce from an Altinordu side who’s famed academy has churned out the likes of Cengiz Under and Caglar Soyuncu in recent years.
But with Ozer’s path to the first team blocked at a club who have frequently overlooked their brightest young talents, another move could be on the cards. Goal adds that Liverpool and Manchester City have made enquiries, though they plan to loan him out if a deal can be agreed.
Now, Liverpool already have Kamil Grabara and Caoimhin Kelleher on their books, not to mention arguably the world’s best keeper in Alisson Becker. Manchester City, meanwhile, boast the talented 20-year-old Aro Muric.
Guardiola called the Nottingham Forest loanee ‘incredible’ during last season (the Metro).